Our Obsession With Safety

Kayak touring is a very safe sport.  Canadian and US coast guard statistics, and studies by the American Canoe Association (ACA) support this statement.  By safe we mean, that in comparison to other water based activities, kayak touring has fewer and less severe accidents. There are five ‘T’s” present in most accidents: tequila, twenties, testosterone, […]

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Our Relationship to Risk

Paddlers have a complicated relationship to risk.  This relationship is further distorted by laws based a limited understanding of the value of risk in recreation.  Most laws are founded a model of risk defined as the potential for harm or loss.  As implied in this definition, many of us think of risk as a negative […]

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